Pittsfield Police Respond to Third Shooting in Three Days
Last night the Pittsfield Police responded the to city's third ShotSpotter alert in as many days.
Yesterday, Thursday, June 3, shortly after 11:00 pm, officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the area of 266 Francis Avenue. Upon their arrival, officers observed a motor vehicle that had been struck by gunfire. The vehicle was occupied by three individuals, including two small children. No injuries were reported. A second vehicle that was unoccupied was also struck by bullets.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Matos at 413-448-9700 x576. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).
Rash of City Shootings
Within the past two weeks, members of the Pittsfield Police Department have responded to at least five confirmed shooting incidents within the city of Pittsfield. Those incidents include one instance of a man sustaining multiple gunshot wounds and last night's incident where the vehicle contained two small children was struck by gunfire.
Police responded to confirmed shooting incidents on June 1, June 2, and June 3. There were eight confirmed shootings during the month of May and a shooting homicide in April on the city's main thoroughfare.
Members of the PPD are working diligently to both investigate these shootings and prevent further instances of gunfire.
A press release from PPD contained the following:
"We cannot do it alone and we need the public’s help. The PPD does not and will not tolerate indiscriminate gunfire, especially when our youngest and most vulnerable citizens are present. Within our community is a resident or residents who know who these shooters are. They knew yesterday that one or more shooters was in the community, armed, with the intention of committing a crime. Had they shared that information, this, and the prior incidents may have been prevented. We urge anyone with information to come forward, even anonymously through the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-448-9706 or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411)."
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